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Former police officer sentenced to 20 weeks

 
Created on 25/06/2020 @ 14:49
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A former Newtown police officer has received a 20 week suspended prison sentence after being convicted on two counts of common assault.

Former PC Jonathan Reynolds was sentenced at Swansea Magistrates Court. He found guilty of two charges of assault by beating following a trail earlier this year. He was ordered to undertake 160 hours unpaid work.

It followed an incident at Newtown Police Station last year in which he sprayed a pepper-spray type device into the face of a handcuffed man who had been arrested outside the Castle Vaults pub in Broad Street, Newtown on 27 May last year.

After spraying the man in the face he was alleged to have assaulted him at the police station, pushing him to the ground and using abusive language.

Earlier this month Dyfed Powys Police Chief Constable said the former officer would have been sacked had he not resigned after he was barred from being a police officer for five years by a disciplinary panel.

Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, Mark Collins said: “Former PC Jonathan Reynolds has today been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, at Swansea Magistrates’ Court, following his conviction on two counts of common assault, that occurred whilst he was on duty as a police constable on May 27 2019.

"His actions on that day were unacceptable, and such behaviour will not be tolerated.

“He was the subject of a Professional Standards investigation in relation to the matters for which he appeared in court, which culminated in him appearing before a misconduct hearing on Friday, 19 June.

"At the conclusion of the hearing, it was determined that former PC Reynolds would have been dismissed instantly had he still been a member of the police force. This outcome will ensure that he is included on the College of Policing Barred List, which will prohibit him from working within policing in future.

“Dyfed-Powys Police expects and demands the highest standards of professional behaviour from its officers and staff.

"Police officers are rightly held to a high standard of behaviour because they are trusted by our communities to conduct enquiries and investigations with respect, and to treat with dignity members of the public they come into contact with.

“Dyfed-Powys Police as an organisation advocates positive action in respect of any behaviour which falls below the standards expected.

"The force encourages both members of the public and colleagues to report any concerns in respect of the conduct of officers or staff so that appropriate action can be taken. You can report concerns on our website: https://bit.ly/30SZkUm ."

 

Photo: Former PC Reynolds during the incident at Newtown Police Station (Dyfed Powys Police)

 

 

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